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Old 05-01-2020, 06:36 PM   #1
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How to Remove Decal Stickum?

Twelve years of high altitude New Mexico sun has destroyed the trailer decals. They're mostly gone, but the adhesive remains. I just want to remove everything, go without decals but with a clean appearance.

Has anyone had success removing the adhesive? I tried "Orange Goop" and "Goo Begone". Both removed just a little bit, but not a good job. A pressure washer knocked off the decals, but doesn't touch the adhesive.

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Try some mineral spirits, it will take a bit of elbow grease but it wont damage the fiberglass.
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I've had good results with the old standby, WD-40. A little heat from a heat gun or hair dryer can also help.
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Old 05-01-2020, 09:26 PM   #4
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Don't hate me for saying this... Gasoline will take it off. Wear gloves and buy some orange citrus cleaner to clean up with.
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Old 05-01-2020, 09:28 PM   #5
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Heat gun or hair dryer to soften the glue, and use duct tape to pull the adhesive off often works. Solvents tend to just smear the adhesive in my experience and make the duct tape less effective.
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Don't hate me for saying this... Gasoline will take it off. Wear gloves and buy some orange citrus cleaner to clean up with.
I would try gasoline too.

Just read where a guy was trying to take off his 3M masking on the front of his motorhome and gasoline did the trick.

For sure I would try just a small space first.
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I would try gasoline too.

Just read where a guy was trying to take off his 3M masking on the front of his motorhome and gasoline did the trick.

For sure I would try just a small space first.
Would probably work. If I tried this, I would then wash well, probably with Dawn, rinse very well and then put on a new coat of a good wax.
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I've found the "3M Eraser Wheel" will remove the decal and adhesive without damage to the surface . Including paint , gelcoat , or plastic .
Can be purchased at NAPA or most any auto parts store .
Just chuck it in your drill . It works great , just creates a lot of eraser shavings to clean up.
No chemicals or gasoline involved . Much better for you and the environment.
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I've found the "3M Eraser Wheel" will remove the decal and adhesive without damage to the surface . Including paint , gelcoat , or plastic .
Can be purchased at NAPA or most any auto parts store .
Just chuck it in your drill . It works great , just creates a lot of eraser shavings to clean up.
No chemicals or gasoline involved . Much better for you and the environment.
I never heard of these, but the reviews sound great.
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I've tried everything to remove the adhesive, I always came back to "Rapid Remover". Its a little pricey, but it works.

I repainted my Southwind a couple years ago, I removed all the old graphics, some with razor, some with heat, some with the eraser. it depended on the condition of the graphic as to which was the fastest, easiest way to remove it (and the adhesive).

You can read my summary for the paint job here:

New paint for the ole Southwind – 1999 Southwind 35S

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3m wheels will do the job but get expensive. Goo gone by brand name is also expensive but Xylene is the base for it and is cheap. Mineral Spirits will also do but takes a lot of elbow grease. If you use a heat gun and a plastic scraper it will help and won't leave as much residue just be patient and don't overheat the fiberglass. I would do it one decal at a time to keep it from feeling so overwhelming.
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If it is just the adhesive I would try WD40. I removed my decals with a heat gun and razor blade scraper and go slow. I don't know for sure but you could try de natured alcohol. Probably take a bit of elbow grease.
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3m wheels will do the job but get expensive. Goo gone by brand name is also expensive but Xylene is the base for it and is cheap. Mineral Spirits will also do but takes a lot of elbow grease. If you use a heat gun and a plastic scraper it will help and won't leave as much residue just be patient and don't overheat the fiberglass. I would do it one decal at a time to keep it from feeling so overwhelming.

It's a question of what's your time worth , and how hard do you want to work.

My personal experience is 4 hrs using Goo Gone , Goof Off and De Natured Alcohol with Razor scrapper and removed 4ft of decal and adhesive.

My guy who waxes my boat suggested the 3M Eraser . Removed remaining 10ft of decal and adhesive in 1hr. with eraser .

Time is money . Best money I ever spent. I spent the rest of the day admiring my work .
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